Todd Hanks, St. Lawrence, received minor cuts and scrapes November 27 in a one-vehicle accident that involved a garbage truck. Hanks is the owner of Bob’s Disposal, which collects garbage in St. Lawrence, Miller and other communities.
South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Lantz says the accident was reported three miles east of Pierre on Highway 34 at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Lantz says the truck—a 2006 Sterling—was westbound heading into Pierre and the driver reportedly fell asleep. When he noticed the truck was starting to leave the road, Hanks tried to correct the path of the truck and as a result, the rig tipped onto its driver’s side and slid about 50 feet on the road. It stopped with part of the truck lying on the westbound lane of the highway and the other part in the ditch.
Lantz says Hanks had some minor injuries and refused treatment from ambulance workers who arrived at the scene. The truck carried a load of garbage. The Pierre Rescue Squad responded to the accident to mop up antifreeze, hydraulic fluid and transmission fluid that spilled from the truck. Hanks was cited for careless driving.
Lantz says the truck was heavily damaged. A Chamberlain towing company was called to upright the truck and tow it away from the scene. Traffic was limited to one lane until then. Crews had to close down both lanes of Highway 34 late Tuesday afternoon about 4:15 p.m. for about 20 minutes while the truck was moved.
Besides the Highway Patrol, the Pierre Fire Department and AMR ambulance, the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the accident.